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Bryce Anderson
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If that bundle leaves the site and you're not on it, you'll regret it.  Maybe not today.  Maybe not tomorrow.  But someday, and for the rest of your life.
 
Maybe you're not sure that "whatever you want to pay" is cheap enough. (It is.) Or maybe you're not sure the books are any good. (They are.) But whatever your reason, the decision will soon be made for you. You have just three days left to pick up the awesome collection of books, curated with the amazing ImmerseOrDie method. After that, it will be gone forever.

So stop waffling and go get it now. Because "the rest of your life" is too long for regrets. http://storybundle.com/indie
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StoryBundle update: I'm pretty happy with my experience so far. We might make it to the 2000 downloads mark, which is a lot of copies of SingularityGirl on a lot of devices waiting for a lot of eyeballs that may or may not find time in their busy eyeball lives to read it. There's still about five days left, if you're looking to pick up some great indie sci-fi/fantasy books ( nudge http://storybundle.com/indie ). But at this point it's mostly waiting for people to read and (I hope) enjoy my work enough to look for more of it.

I've done a couple of interviews with other people related to the bundle, for anyone interested in the nitty-gritty of author life. I've also done a book review for one of the other books in the bundle, Brotherhood of Delinquents.

http://bannedsorcery.com/…/interview_jeff_smith_immerse_or_…
http://bannedsorcery.com/…/201505/interview_jason_chen_stor…
http://www.bigshinyrobot.com/…/brotherhood-delinquents-rev…/

Expect another review for Century of Sand within the next couple of days (spoiler alert: it's fan-friggin'-tastic; if it was the only book in the bundle, your money would be well spent).
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I rag on book trailers.  A lot.  This one by bundle-buddy +Jefferson Smith is a quirky, goofy one.  It doesn't really say anything about the contents of the book.  Instead it tells a story of a book that escaped its pen prior to its official release date.

I hope it's effective, given that its success at selling our storybundle will directly line my pockets.  Anyhow, opinions?

Also, ahem: #BuyTheBundle  http://storybundle.com/indie
 
What happens when a book is so excited to meet readers that it can't wait for launch day?
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Congratulations to Bundle Buddy +Michael Peck  for winning the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project.  Under Illinois state law, this means he gets to rule the state with an iron fist until he's dethroned in armed combat at next year's festivities.
 
I'm seldom a man of few words, but today I'm a man of one: Wow. #libraries #indieauthors #books  
The Journeyman has been named the winner of the 2015 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project.
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Does your teenager like to read YA adventure stories?  Get a hold of +Jefferson Smith.
 
Hey stream buddies, do any of you have sons or nephews who might be interested?
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<FARNSWORTH_VOICE>Good news, everyone!</FARNSWORTH_VOICE>

TL;DR : The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl will be re-released on April 15th (with a new cover, better writing, and more jokes).  And the first place you can get it is at StoryBundle.com, packaged with a bunch of other great indie sci-fi and fantasy books courtesy of #ImmerseOrDie.

Now for the TL.

The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl survived +Jefferson Smith's #ImmerseOrDie treadmill last June.  It was a happy moment for me, because, well, you know how insecure authors are.  Having my own work validated by someone who I felt knew the craft, it felt like a bit of weight fell from my shoulders.  JSmith published his review--my book was actually the first to pass the forty-minute goalpost--then I got a couple dozen sales, and I figured that would be the end of the matter.

I figured too soon.

Months later, Jeff contacted me out of the blue, said he was putting together a StoryBundle.  "A what?" I asked the googles.  Imagine the Humble Bundle for e-books, if that helps.  If that doesn't help, imagine getting a basket of great ebooks for the low, low price of "whatever you want to pay," with some of your money going to charity.  StoryBundle.com offers new baskets every few weeks for the discerning, price-conscious reader.

And Jeff wanted to add my book to the upcoming #ImmerseOrDie basket.

To understand the company my book is in (and I have to say, it's good company) you have to understand #ImmerseOrDie.  Each morning, Jeff hops on his treadmill, with a new ebook loaded and ready to go.  He starts walking, starts reading, and starts charging 'WTFs' whenever something about the book "breaks immersion" (that is, knocks him out of the story).  Once the book gets its third WTF, the timer stops.  He writes a report, telling a bit about the book and saying what knocked it off the Treadmill of Judgment.

But if he makes it to the end of his morning walk (40 minutes) and he's still eager to keep reading, he gets to write a "survivor" report instead.  To see what the reports look like, check out mine: http://creativityhacker.ca/2014/06/26/the-improbable-rise-of-singularity-girl-by-bryce-anderson/

To be clear: Jeff did finish reading each of the books in the bundle to make sure their performance early on wasn't a fluke.  They all kept his interest from start to finish.

Win or lose, all his reports are fair and thoughtful.  As he started the project, I watched with increasing interest, especially after my own book survived.  For perfectly narcissistic reasons, I wanted to know if he was any good at snagging good books out of the river of dreck that indie publishing often becomes.  In my considered, honestly-not-biased-by-the-fact-that-I'm-about-to-make-some-money-here opinion, he is.  When he says an indie book is good, I usually find myself agreeing.

But not always.  I looked at the slate of books and found one glaring exception: The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl, by Bryce Anderson.  That's an exaggeration.  I was proud of my book when it first came out, and I still think I was right to be.  But when I started reading it again, this time keeping in mind that it was about to go out to perhaps thousands of readers, my inner critic went nuts.  Hence the decision to do the second edition / re-release dance, which I'd previously promised myself I'd never do.  I still feel the first edition was something to be proud of, and well worth my readers' time.  But I'd basically written two books since then, and learned a lot along the way.  I wanted Improbable Rise to reflect my best work, and it no longer did.

Plus, +Nick James was doing a brand new cover for me.  The first cover, beautiful as it was, didn't really scream 'science fiction' the way it needed to.  Between the new cover and the improved writing, I'm putting my best foot forward here.

On April 15th, once you're done filing your taxes, why not celebrate by relaxing with a nice book?  Or eight?  And if you want to help me succeed as an author, or support indie publishing, or just get some social media points from your friends for pointing them to some great indie books, then I'd be grateful if you help spread the word.

Thanks for reading.
 
In the last eight months, I've read over 150 indie books in science fiction and fantasy, separating the strong from the weak, and on April 15 I'll be presenting the eight very best of them—each one a truly top-notch read. If you've ever wanted to gorge yourself on the gems that are hiding in the weeds of indie genre fiction, this will be a great place to scratch that itch. Check out all the details in the comprehensive posting on my site: http://creativityhacker.ca/2015/03/13/storybundle-announcement/

If that all sounds like good news to you, then please consider sharing this post. After that, sit back and wait for the starting gun on Apr 15. Meanwhile, keep your eyes on my stream, because there are one or two more goodies that will be announced as we get closer to launch.
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Oh shit, you're gonna be in a StoryBundle? That's awesome! Something something bigtime.
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Give that cat a shovel, let him go at the whole driveway.
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[UPDATE: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE HELL I'M TALKING ABOUT]: I was absolutely sure the amzn.to links sorted out which market the user needed to be taken to.  But someone reported it's not working that way, I can't find any confirmation that it's supposed to work that way, and running my own tests doesn't show it working this way.  Everything below here is most likely wrong, and the bit.ly-produced URLs will just take everyone to the store mentioned in the unshortened link.

Mini-rant time, my authors!  Are you pushing people towards Amazon?  Do you find yourself posting dozens of links to different stores for every geographical region, or worse, suggesting to people that they replace the .com with the country code they need?

Stop that!  There is a better way.

Grab the Amazon URL for your book and paste it into http://bit.ly (a URL shortening service).  It will hand you back a shortened link http://amzn.to/SomeLinkCode.  When your readers click it, they'll be swept off to the geographical store that they need.

See?  Easier on everybody!
Bitly Brand Tools: Own, understand and activate your best audience through the power of the link.
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I guess one of the technical issues with redirecting would be that not every product is available on every market.  I've kept my book off the foreign markets where Amazon only offers the 35% royalty level, cuz screw them that's why.
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As someone who played it, this is a great trivia game if you have a horde of Austen fans as friends.

As someone who helped edit it, I bear some responsibility for any typpos that may have snuck through.
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The Treadmill of Judgment grinds slow, but fine.  Pick up nine great indie books (including the new, digitally remastered second edition of The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl), support one of two great charities, and #OhCrudFileThoseTaxes.

But don't think about that just now.  Don't think.  Click.  Buy.
 
At last the wait is over. The eight best books I've read so far on ImmerseOrDie, plus a new release from me, are available now, collected together for the low, low price of "whatever you want to pay." Even if you already have some of them, this is your chance to pick up the rest in one dramatic act of precision shopping.

But wait, there's more. Beyond just feathering your own reading nest, you also get to support a great charity. AND 9 emerging writers. AND the IOD project itself. Look at all the good you can do for just 1 minute of your time and less money than what you lost in your couch cushions last year. Besides, how many win-win-win-win-win scenarios do you think you're going to see in one lifetime? All it takes is a click.(http://storybundle.com/indie)
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Sounds really promising. Also good to see that you're still around and writing too. :-))
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Who is this Bryce fella?
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Here's the cover that +Nick James did for the re-release of my book (soon, very soon).  It is epic, and I've seen him do great cover work for others.  Check out his work at http://nickjam.es .

His mad clicky-blendy-layery-composity-graphicking skillz can be yours for a fair price.  Hit him up, and he'll quote you a rate.
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The future is like the past, but moreso.
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We are but shadows projected onto the inner eyelid of sleeping Cthulhu.  Happy dreaming.
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Wrote The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl: http://bannedsorcery.com/books/1
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